NFL News: Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski’s MRI Shows No Tear In Right Knee
Good news for New England Patriots fans after Sunday’s heartbreak. Their tight end Rob Gronkowski’s bruised right knee has no tears, as revealed by the MRI report. According to ESPN, Gronkowski’s injury is a minor knee strain.Advertisement
The tight end is considered week-to-week now. He won’t be playing against the Eagles this week. But Patriots’ management is expecting Gronkowski to return before the end of the regular season, though how early he can stage a return is an issue of pain tolerance.
Gronkowski had to be carted off the field during the fourth quarter of the game against Denver Broncos on Sunday which the Patriots lost 30-24 in overtime. He was immediately taken to the X-ray room, and footage shows he limped toward the locker room following Patriots’ announcement that he is out of the game. The TE sustained the injury due to a foul by Denver defensive back Darian Stewart with 2:49 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Tom Brady, Patriots’ quarterback, revealed on Monday that it was hard to digest both the loss to Broncos and Gronkowski’s injury.
“Tough game. This one hurts,” Brady pointed out. “I think the circumstances of the game, the circumstances of the situation that we were in — having a good lead in the fourth quarter, then having a couple huge third downs that we made called back by penalty, then losing a player like Gronk in the fourth quarter, and then fighting back like we did to get it to overtime.”